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Make sure you don’t have any of these 17 sketchy Google Play apps on your phone

Make sure you don’t have any of these 17 sketchy Google Play apps on your phone

The Google Play Store’s unending game of sketchy app whack-a-mole shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, as researchers with cybersecurity company Bitdefender on Tuesday ID’d a total of 17 Google Play apps — with more than half a million installs between them — as using multiple tricks to serve users with unwanted ads.

App developers have found great success by using a variety of tricks to keep their apps under the radar of Google’s security protections that cover its applications marketplace, but the fact of the matter is that way too many skate through with ease. They do it using tactics like these apps relied on, such as showing ads at random times and spreading their code across multiple files — though they also make sure that their code does what the Google Play Store description promises, which would seem to imply that they’re otherwise legit.